Conserving biodiversity and sharing nature´s benefits: Virtual learning, technology, tools and species conservation

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) play important roles in international species management. This interactive session will introduce the CITES Virtual College (https://eva.unia.es/cites/) , consider sustainability assessments using pythons as an example and understand tools developed by UNEP-WCMC to streamline data collection and MEA reporting requirements with an example from AEWA.

The objectives are:
• to introduce participants to new methodologies, technologies and tools assisting the provision of sustainable capacity building activities and network development, using CITES and AEWA as examples.
• introduce participants to the use of Web 2.0 technologies to foster a collaborative and participatory approach to learning, working and the enhancement of capacities.
• introduce participants to issues related to the provision of web-based courses, critical thinking exercises and the creation of contextualized learning environments to increase understanding of conventions such as CITES and AEWA.

Participants will gain skills in the development of web-based courses and tools, design of interactive critical thinking exercises to promote deep learning, and the establishment of expert/novice apprenticeships to transfer knowledge and understanding. These skills will be gained in the context of the main themes of the Congress, namely the building of resilience and strengthening of nature.
Associated skills will include the establishment of networks or communities of practice and curriculum design using new information and communication technologies.

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